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The Silent Army (2008)
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Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to... See full summary »

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Ruud van Kalenberg
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Anna Zuiderwijk
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Michel Obeke
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François Lama
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Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to find the boy, and walks right into a training camp exploiting children like Abu. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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The international version of this film ("The Silent Army") was the original Dutch entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film. However, the film was turned down because it was a re-cut version. This led to the submission of Winter in Wartime (2008). See more »

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Valerie: Most people have brilliant reasons to do nothing at all.
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Underestimate / overestimate
12 December 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The intention is noble. And for every kind of movie there is an audience. Yet it is not something you just do. Even if you have a lot of budget or a star cast, a film consists of many pillars with a mission to have all the same height on the film to contribute. A film is as good as the lowest pillar. With an overkill of crane-shots and dramatic music decorated with subtle lighting you're far from finished. These are just tricks when the rest lack. Something that happens too often in Dutch movies. The sober, subtle, modest movies are the ones that gets you and not detract from the story. Sure! There will be a public for this kind of movie, but certainly not the people who love movies and know what makes a movie worth watching. Oh yeah... Borsato as an actor? Seems not only unwise and striking. When one seriously want to bring a message it's not a wise decision to experiment with the cast. In that case you play save and for the cause!


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